Sprint announced that it has upgraded the Sprint Power Vision NetworkSM with the faster EV-DO Revision A technology in 10 additional markets. This upgrade affects users in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, Providence and New Jersey. Sprint now covers more than 60 million people in 20 markets with this upgraded mobile broadband network.
“Customers value mobility and they value speed, and Sprint’s upgraded Power Vision Network is unmatched in delivering both,” said Kathy Walker, Chief Network Officer for Sprint. Sprint users in these 20 upgraded major metropolitan markets should experience significantly faster upload speeds of 300-400 kbps, compared with 50-70 kbps of current EV-DO networks, as well as faster download speeds. With this upgraded mobile broadband network, customers will ultimately be able to utilize richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, music-on-demand, video messaging and large file uploads.
As Sprint’s mobile broadband network continues to grow, so does its device portfolio with the addition of the only EV-DO Revision A-capable USB modem. The Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem by Novatel Wireless, Ovation U720, plugs into the USB port of any compatible laptop. It is can be purchased for as low as $49.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and $50 mail-in-rebate. Sprint also offers three Mobile Broadband cards compatible with laptops having a Type II PCMICIA slot: the Novatel S720, Sierra AC595 and Pantech PX-500. All of Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A-capable devices will work on the Sprint Power Vision Network where the EV-DO Revision A upgrade is not yet available.
The upgraded EV-DO Revision A coverage will initially include major airports, downtown business districts and major transportation corridors where wireless data demand is highest and then expand to cover Sprint’s entire market footprint. Overall, Sprint plans to reach approximately 200 million people in the U.S. with mobile broadband data services including both EV-DO Revisions 0 and A in 220 major metropolitan areas across the country with its Power Vision network by the end of 2006.